Happy Birthday to Me! :)

Happy Birthday to Me! :)

Was recently watching Marie Forleo's interview with Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild, Touch, Brave Enough and Tiny Beautiful Things) and one of Cheryl’s quotes really resonated with me

 “Nobody’s going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether you’re rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what is unjust, sad, sucky things have befallen you. Self-pity is a dead end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It’s up to you to decide to stay parked there of turn around and drive out.”
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Week of Love

Week of Love

Think it’s important to be able to give and show love to those who support us. As someone who has had countless health issues that include tons of gluten pain. It becomes imperative that you learn to put yourself first and make your health a priority.

In doing so, my life has become so different than it was just a few years ago. Because my daily routines, the way I shop, the way I cook, the way I have to be prepared for any and all situations, the restaurants I can eat in, meeting friends for coffee now instead of lunches, and the hundred of other things have changed - once I realized gluten was poison to my body.

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Gluten Free Diet is not enough!!!

Gluten Free Diet is not enough!!!

For so many people who suffer from celiac disease (and really any autoimmune disease) where gluten has become poison to your body, everything changes. The way that you look at food, the way that you shop, the way that you cook, the way that you interact with friends and family, and for some of us who we are.

Who we are because celiac disease robs us of our spontaneity.  In many cases celiac disease changes us and we are always on guard. It’s really hard for a celiac to truly relax and enjoy ourself. Plans becomes a challenge because we never know how we will feel in advance. Which only leads to anxiety and prayer that when the day comes we will be able to follow through and not disappoint others as well as ourself.

Disappoint your friends and family enough leads them to question your relationship. Disappoint yourself enough and you lose faith in you, because when you stop following through on your commitments and promises, even though with everything in your heart you wish you could be there, enjoying the moment, it chips away at who you are.

Celiac disease changes us. Changes us to our very core

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Embracing your assets!

Embracing your assets!

I came across this quote again the other day: 

and I have to say with 2017 just beginning and so many of us are setting our intentions for the new year, this quote kinda stopped me in my tracks. 

Why do we know more about what is lacking in us, than what is fabulous about us?

Is it because we are all so use to being judged and judging ourselves so harshly that we fail to see the beauty of who we are and who we are becoming? 

Or is it because we are constantly told that we don’t measure up with our looks, our bodies, our smarts, our health, and our life?

Or maybe it's because we all feel inadequate and like a fraud in some way?

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7 Gina DeVee takeaways with celiac health twist!

7 Gina DeVee takeaways with celiac health twist!

I was recently at a Gina DeVee business seminar and I found so many takeaways that can easily be applied to our health that I thought I’d share some in hopes of giving you a new perspective on our own celiac health as 2016 is coming to a close.

1- A woman makes time for what she wants

How true is that statement!?! As a woman, we organize our day and our lives based on our needs being met, based on what we believe is most important to us and based on who we love. 

2- Do you take care of you?

There are only 24 hours in a day, yet somehow we find time to love and support all the special people in our lives no matter what else is going on in our lives. But do we love and support ourselves? Do you make time to take care of your body? Do you make time everyday to support your own health?

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What do you believe about being a celiac?

What do you believe about being a celiac?
  • Do you believe that your life is over?
  • Do you believe that you will never be healthy again?
  • Do you believe that you will always be ill?
  • Do you believe that your body will always be in pain?
  • Do you believe that no matter how hard you try that you will still get sick?
  • Do you believe that food will never taste good again?
  • Do you believe you are missing out on life?
  • Do you believe that you will never be happy again?
  • Do you believe that you are alone?
  • Do you believe that it can’t get better?
  • Do you believe that you will never get a hold of what is going on with your body?
  • Do you believe you just can’t handle one more complication?
  • Do you believe that all occasions and the holidays that resolves around food are a nightmare?
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What does self-care look like to you?

What does self-care look like to you?

I have to say that after recently being glutened for the first time in a long time, I had forgotten just how long it takes my body to bounce back. 

I realize what happens to one celiac does not necessarily happen for the other. No two of us look the same or react the same, ever. And, aside from that making us extremely difficult to diagnosis it also makes connecting the dots to all of our issues that much harder to get a complete picture of our health. 

What does getting glutened look like to you? How do you feel better? Do you heal your body? And what do you do? What does this look like?

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Why No-GMO?

Why No-GMO?

When you live with celiac disease or really any autoimmune disease removing gluten from all areas of your kitchen, pantry, cleaning products, medicine and even cosmetics will eventually come into play. Removing gluten from your food is really just the first step and the more you dig into your disease you will come to realize that gluten truly is everywhere. It is added to so many things that most would never even think of. Now I realize that there are several different points of views on this and everyone is entitled to their opinions but for me if comes down to three really key studies that led me to clean up more than just my food. 

First, it only takes 1/1000 of a gram of gluten (that’s equivalent to one crumb) to get into your system, to set off and trigger an immune system response in your body for the next three months. And that’s how much damage one crumb can do so truly understanding that gluten can be hiding in any of my products that I would digest is the first step to trigging a constant reaction in my immune system.

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Learning to forgive our bodies!

Learning to forgive our bodies!

As someone who grew up always being overweight, I learned very early on that in order to survive the looks, comments, and being picked on in school - that I needed to develop a coping mechanism that included disconnecting from my body. I can actually remember thinking I am not my body, I am so much more than that. But unfortunately, first impressions and first looks causes everyone to form an opinion of who people thought I was. We do it every day, we judge people without even thinking about it.

In today’s society so much is based on how a person looks. We have all been trying to measure up to what the magazines, tv, movies and internet describe as beautiful. And for me, beautiful was something out there, something completely unattainable and something that I secretly strived to be.

I spent most of my life on a never-ending diet that never worked. And, truly that only caused me to push further and further away from my body and completely disconnect from the image in the mirror. And, disconnect from the pain of being a constant disappointment to myself. 

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